This is a post about one of the ways in which you can grow your work from home business to expand it and get more from it. It involves making sacrifices to get what you want, but before you hit the back button or go off to read something else, let me first say that the concept of sacrifice is not what you think it is.
Sacrifice, as seen by most people means giving something up and they are not too happy to do that.
But that's not the way it should work, at least not in the way you need it to work in order for you to grow both financially and successfully. What sacrifice really entails is giving up something of low value to receive something better. Now does it sound more appealing? Then read on…
Every Day Occurrence
The idea of sacrifice is actually something we do every day of our lives without even realizing it.
When we go to a store to buy something, we are actually sacrificing those paper bills in our wallets for the goods we are purchasing. In order to get those paper bills in our wallet in the first place, we had to sacrifice our leisure time to go to work to earn them! So you get the idea of what I now mean by sacrifice? Good.
When it comes to building up your work at home business, you will have to make quite a lot of sacrifices in order to make a success of it, otherwise you will fail. Simple as that.
The obvious thing you will sacrifice is your time to get the work done in order that the result of that work will cause you to get paid for what you are doing. But there are other sacrifices you need to make as well.
One of the biggest obstacles to making a work from home business, in this example where your business is website based, actually succeed is procrastination in one form or another. Now I'm not talking about stopping what you're doing every so often to daydream for ten minutes here and there. That is a natural mechanism to give your brain a break and is actually a healthy thing to do – just so long as you don't do it too much!
What I am talking about is getting involved in social discussions online, or in short, anything that takes you away from the core purpose of why you are online, which is to build up your business. The worst offenders are social forums, social networking websites like Facebook and the like, where you can waste hours typing away furiously and even passionately when involved in some inane argument or discussion or whatever.
Stop doing that right away and just look at what you are achieving by it!
Are You Popular?
You may be one of those people that is a regular name in a certain marketing forum and have several hundreds of posts to your name. Wow, awesome that you are an authority in there and you get to chat with all the other big names. But what have you actually achieved in terms of furthering your business?
Don't say you have made valuable connections, because that is horseshit. The vast majority of people in those forums don't give a damn about you unless they are selling you something and making their businesses grow on the backs of saps like you.
What you have really done is provided that forum with a ton of valuable content that you could have made far better use out of by putting it into blogs or websites of your own. That content could have been attracting search traffic and earning you money through a variety of income streams. Instead, it is just filling the giant ever hungry maw of the forum content machine.
You have also used a lot of your time to write that content for the forum. That time could have been better spent in getting backlinks for your websites so they rank better in the search engine results and attracting even more search traffic to earn you money.
If you want to grow your business and not someone else's, you need to make a sacrifice and stop wasting your time, writing and effort in someone else's forum and start putting that same passion, fire and effort into building your own websites.
Originally posted: July 17, 2010
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